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Faculty Bio

Schmidt, Johannes

Schmidt, Johannes

Professor of German

Office: 704 Strode
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Ph.D. in German Literature, University of Hamburg (1999); M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Massachusetts/Amherst (1995); B.A. in Germanistics, Linguistics, and Economics, University of Konstanz (1992)

Dr. Schmidt's research interests range from 18th and 19th century German literature and philosophy to German drama and music. Together with Rainer Godel (Halle, Germany) he is the co-editor of the International Herder Yearbook, a bi-annual, peer-reviewed professional journal of the International Herder Society.

"Herr" Schmidt has taught a variety of different courses including German drama, 18th and 19th century German literature, the culture and literature of exile, humanities seminars on WWII, Shoah, and Drama, as well as German language and culture courses at all levels.

In September 2006, Johannes Schmidt was elected treasurer-secretary (North America) of the International Herder Society. He served as the president of the South Carolina Chapter of the AATG from 2003 to 2005, and again in 2006. He has been serving on department, college, and university committees (both in elected and appointed functions).

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Staffan Bengtsson, Heinrich Clairmont, Robert Norton, Johannes Schmidt, and Ulrike Wagner: Herder and Religion. Contributions from the 2010 Conference of the International Herder Society at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. Heidelberg: Synchron, 2016. 260 pages.

Rainer, Godel and Johannes Schmidt (eds.): Herder Yearbook 13 (2016).

Rainer, Godel, Karl Menges, and Johannes Schmidt (eds.): Herder Yearbook 12 (2014).

Jeff Love and Johannes Schmidt (annotated translation): F. W. J. Schelling’s Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006)

Johannes Schmidt: "Die klare, helle Wahrheit." Johann Gottfried Herders Christliche Schriften als Auseinandersetzung mit Gotthold Ephraim Lessings religionsphilosophischen Spätschriften (Hamburg 2000).

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Herder’s Religious Anthropology in His Later Writings,” in: Nigel DeSouza, Anik Waldow (eds.): Herder. Philosophy and Anthropology. Cambridge (England): Oxford University Press, 2017: 185-202.

“Johann Gottfried Herder’s Adrastea: History in Relation,” in: Beate Allert (ed.): Herder: From Cognition to Cultural Science. Meeting of the International Herder Society 2014. Heidelberg: Synchron, 2016: 98-104.

“Light of Nature/ Light of Reason. Herder’s and Kant’s Religion Essays,” in: Bengtsson, et al.: Herder and Religion. Contributions from the 2010 Conference of the International Herder Society at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. Heidelberg: Synchron, 2016: 153-166.

“‘Kein Publikum, das auf uns wirke?’ Herders Verkehrung des Publikums in den Christlichen Schriften”, in: Ralf Simon (ed.): Herders Rhetoriken im Kontext des 18. Jahrhunderts. Beiträge zur Konferenz der Internationalen Herder-Gesellschaft Schloss Beuggen nahe Basel 2012. Heidelberg: Synchron, 2014, 227-239.

“'So wäre alle Religion ihrem Wesen nach poetisch.' – Herders Wirkung auf Hölderlin", in: Michael Maurer (ed.): Herder und seine Wirkung. Heidelberg: Synchron, 2014: 121-134.

Johannes Schmidt: “Naturphilosophie: Herder and Schelling?” Sabine Gross (ed.), Herder as Challenge (Heidelberg: Synchron, 2010, 83-94).

Reviews & Interviews

“Roger Paulin: The Life of August Wilhelm Schlegel, Cosmopolitan of Art and Poetry”, in Monatshefte (forthcoming; Fall 2017).

“Poetry As a Way of Live. Aesthetics and Askesis in the German Eighteenth Century”, by Gabriel Trop, in Monatshefe, vol. 108,3 (September 2016): 411-413.

“Elisabeth Décultot and Gerhard Sauder (eds.): Herder und die Künste. Ästhetik, Kunsttheorie, Kunstgeschichte” (with Gabriela Stoicea), in: Lessing Yearbook / Jahrbuch XLII (2015): 213-215.

“Claas Cordemann: Herders christlicher Monismus. Eine Studie zur Grundlegung von Johann Gottfried Herders Christologie und Humanitätsideal”, in: Herder Yearbook 12 (2014): 253-258.

“Arne Zerbst: Schelling und die bildende Kunst. Zum Verhältnis von kunstphilosophischen System und konkreter Werkkenntnis”, in: Monatshefte 105,3 (Fall 2013): 500-502.